Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do

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Children will welcome the return of Eileen Christelow's irrepressible Five Little Monkeys, who make the same kinds of mistakes kids do but never lose their mama's love. The author's book, What Do Authors Do?, is a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Full color.

Five little monkeys are bored, but their mother has them clean up the house for Aunt Bessie's visit.

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Overview

Children will welcome the return of Eileen Christelow's irrepressible Five Little Monkeys, who make the same kinds of mistakes kids do but never lose their mama's love. The author's book, What Do Authors Do?, is a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Full color.

Five little monkeys are bored, but their mother has them clean up the house for Aunt Bessie's visit.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karen Moroughan
Finding something to do for five bored monkeys is no problem for Mama monkey. She has them help with the chores because Grandma Bessie will be visiting soon. The monkeys enthusiastically tackle picking up their room and cleaning the bathroom. When they're done, they go back to Mama monkey and complain that there is still nothing to do. Mama sends them outside to beat the rugs-a task they thoroughly enjoy. Their next job is to pick berries. It's Grandma Bessie's favorite desert! The monkeys romp outside in the muddy swamp. When they bring their treasure home, Mama tells them Grandma will be here shortly, so "go in and wash up." Like everything else they do, they wash up with zest. They finish dressing just as Grandma Bessie arrives. Christelow has captured the essence of the sparse text with cheerful illustrations. The facial expressions and postures of the monkeys are a delight. Christelow includes such detail as family pictures of the monkeys-including Grandma Bessie. This is a book sure to delight!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When five bored little monkeys complain of nothing to do, their mother gladly enlists their help in getting ready for Grandma's visit. In a great scurry, they clean their room, scrub the bathroom, beat the rug, and pick berries for dessert. Unfortunately, when they turn to readying themselves, they undo all their good work and muss and muddy the entire house. Wordless final pictures show them cleaning again. This is Christelow's fourth book about these little monkeys, and it's not quite as much fun as the author's earlier efforts, no doubt because of the "housework is never done" subject matter. The ink-and-wash cartoon illustrations, however, are lively and offer much that will amuse, such as each little monkey pointing in blame at another. This book can be enjoyed one-on-one or at story hour, and all who read it will gain more appreciation for whoever does the cleaning at home.-Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Bulletin of the Center for Children
A lively readaloud.
From the Publisher
"This is pure silliness-just the kind kids like. . . . The monkeys are suitably active, and their mess-making skills, as demonstrated in the watercolor art, are impressive, with clothes scattered everywhere and dirty water overflowing the tub. . . . Plenty of fun." Booklist, ALA

"A lively readaloud." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"When five bored little monkeys complain of nothing to do, their mother gladly enlists their help in getting ready for Grandma's visit. In a great scurry, they clean their room, scrub the bathroom, beat the rug, and pick berries for dessert. Unfortunately, when they turn to readying themselves, they undo all their good work and mess and muddy the entire house. Wordless pictures show them cleaning again. . . . This book can be enjoyed one-on-one or at story hour, and all who read it will gain more appreciation for whoever does the cleaning at home." School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618040322
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: A Five Little Monkeys Story Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 166,697
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Christelow was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in a family of avid readers. It was in high school that she first made the leap from reader to writer, publishing her first stories in her high school’s magazine.

After studying art history and drawing in college, she discovered a love of photography and began building a career as a photographer. Her interest in children’s books was always strong, and after the birth of her daughter, she began thinking about writing one of her own. Her first book, Henry and the Red Stripes, was published in 1981.

Since then, she has written and illustrated numerous best-selling picture books including ten popular books about the Five Little Monkeys, Letters from a Desperate Dog, and Vote! She lives with her husband in Dummerston, Vermont, and you can learn more about her life and work on her website, www.christelow.com and on www.fivelittlemonkeys.com

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    We picked this book up from our local library. Yet here we are

    We picked this book up from our local library.

    Yet here we are again with another funny monkey book. I really liked this one as it gave me ideas to use to get my son to do some chores. Being a parent I hear the "I have nothing to do"  a lot especially during the summer when he is use to school. So reading this book I was like hmmm gonna have to try something like this the next time I hear those words. All the hard work the monkeys do only to end up back where they were at the beginning I can see why momma monkey needs help! Messy little monkeys. K's favorite part was the ending where all their hard work was a disaster. 
    A repetitive book that is a great read for all and the illustrations are awesome. 

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    this is a wonderful book!

    This is one of our favorite book!! It is colrful playful and so funny!! I was given a five little monkey's book as a gift for my 18 month old daughter. She loved it. I was so happy to find out that this was a series of book.This one is about the five monkeys waiting for there grandmother to arrive. They keep asking their mother what it there to do, and she gives them various cleaning tasks aroun the house. Right before grandmother arrives mother reminds them to clean themselves up for grandmother. They prosseed to dirty every room they just clean. Very humerious and has wonderful graphics!!! Would recommend this book to all!!

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